BY: TJ FOWLER
Label: IRON BONEHEAD
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for bands that embrace the Satanic imagery and lyrical themes. Yeah, a lot of them can be bad and a lot of them are not good. Then again there are a lot of metal bands in general that are not good. The thing about the metal bands that latch onto the occult themes and add in some traditional style metal playing, if they get that right they can come out with some pretty interesting stuff. This is the case with Baphomet’s Blood and their new album ‘In Satan We Trust’. Good old fashioned in your face speed/thrash metal with all kinds of with some retro occultism thrown in makes for a rough and tumble metal assault! Continue Reading
Interview by Carla Morton Predan
Wormwood is a five members Swedish Black ‘N’ Roll band who this year in March they released their first debut album which mainly focuses on themes about dark, cold waters and creatures from long tales. Here is an interview I did with Tobias Rydsheim, the main guitarist of the band which answered some questions about the band.
Heya, how are things going?
Tobias: Hey! It´s all good. Enjoying to spend a few days off, since it´s easter holiday right now.
Tell me a few words about how Wormwood formed?
Tobias: Me (guitar), Johtun (drums), Borka (bass) and a guy named Gustav (guitar) starded to jam together, we made a few songs and had a good time. But when we found our singer Nine we could become a full band, and could finally pick an official band name and stuff. Gustav left the band after the first gig, so we had a replacement guitarist for two gigs. Short after that, Nox (ex -Pray for Locust,Withershin) joined and we felt complete as a team.
The first debut EP was out this year, how were the recordings done and did it have a theme?
Tobias: The EP was a zero budget production that I put together from the resources I had at that time.
Was there something that influenced you guys on this album or is it all original material by you?
Tobias: Yes, there is a strong theme through the six songs, they all have something in common. It is old forgotten stories from the northen parts of Scandinavia that we translated it into music and lyrics. Or as we use to say it – “Six immersive songs about the dark, cold waters of the arctic, splendid northern woodlands and creatures from long lost tales.”
How were the first shows? Are you planning more shows?
Tobias: The first shows was good, and it´s getting even better. Of course we´re planning a lot of new shows, more info will come soon!
Do people like it all?
Tobias: I hope so.
Talking about you now, is it safe to say you are the ”leader” of the band.
Tobias: I would not say me or anyone else is the leader of the band. We´re all into this together as one. But we have different skills that we take advantage of.
Can you tell me some of your influences?
Tobias: Oh, my personal influences? That´s a tough question. I enjoy listening to everything from oldschool rock music to obscure extreme metal sub genres. Swedish/Scandinavian Folk Music is also something that i enjoy very much. Influences is not just about music and other bands. It´s about life in general, atmospheres, feelings, nature. Yeah, like everything that comes across your path.
Are you guys planning a new album soon?
Tobias: Yes, we are! We have already a done a few songs, they are fucking great! So I really hope that the next album will get alot of attention when it´s finnished.
Do you have a message for the fans?
Tobias: Spread the word, stay metal and visit our website to read more about The Void and the stories from the whispering well!
Thank you for this interview Tobias. Rock on!
Thank you too!
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BY: TJ Fowler
Available: April 28th, 2015
Label: Blood Music
Running a heavy metal website I have to be selective in what music I review on the site as obviously I can’t start reviewing Katy Perry albums…or want to. However on rare occasions I will make an exception if I think the music in some way can fit into a metal/horror them. The previous such occasions has been the Slovenian Folk/Punk/Rock band Happy Ol’ McWeasel’s ‘No Offense’ and the Horror/Synth band Perterbator’s ‘Dangerous Days’. On these rare occasions I have been extremely pleased with what those acts had to offer and this will be my third foray reviewing an artist that a metal website might normally avoid. The artist is GosT with their debut album ‘Behemoth’. Continue Reading
Press releases have come in today from Justin Bieber’s management and label Def Jam records stating the teen pop star is now wanting to branch out and explore other musical genres and spread his creative wings. The statement can be read below, Continue Reading
By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Label: Napalm Records
Available: 6th March 2015
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/moonspellband
I’ve got to give this band credit for the band name alone. It’s a very thought provoking name and when you see it you’ve got all sorts of expectations if it’s a first time discovery like mine. Well it’s safe to say that those expectations are fairly realistic as it is a great blend of the heavy and the gentle. Continue Reading
Helsinki-based Amoral is now a six-piece, with original vocalist Niko Kalliojärvi returning to the lineup. Kalliojärvi’s return has been cooking up since last year, and he will be largely present on the band’s 7th studio album, on which they are working at the moment, with an early 2016 release planned. Continue Reading